This new standard ISO 17025 includes some noteworthy changes related to its structure and scope that should be mentioned before we go into greater detail of each section of the standard.
• ISO 17025 2017 Main changes in the structure
The new structure of the standard is no longer based on the two main chapters (four for Management requirements, and five for Technical requirements) we were used to; to be harmonized with the rest, this one follows the CASCO guidelines for conformity assessment standards, and the structure is more process-oriented:
➢ Structure requirements
➢ Resource requirements
➢ Process requirements
➢ Management system requirements
The standard also includes two Annexes that were not included in the previous version:
➢ Informative Annex A, related to metrological traceability
➢ Informative Annex B, related to the different options of the laboratory management system.